The rumble about reductions in foreclosures in Tampa, FL has been going around for a few months and recent figures from CoreLogic support that news. While there were 75,000 completed foreclosures in the United States for August 2011, the national total for August 2012 was only 57,000.
On a state level, Florida was second (California earned first place) in completed foreclosures, with nearly 12 percent of the those in the nation from August 2011 through 2012. The foreclosure inventory for the state, which includes any mortgaged home in some part of foreclosure, fell just slightly over one percent in that 12-month period.
According to records, there has been a drop of completed foreclosures from May through August. An extensive loan modification program had some influence, as homeowners qualified for lower interest and lower payments. That allowed them to retain their property and build more equity, since more of the payment goes towards the principal. In addition, some properties qualified for a reduction of principal if payments were made timely, another reason to make payments timely.
There is still the option of a short sale, as well as buyers with cash or ready financing to get the home of their choice.
Florida had the highest foreclosure inventory at 11 percent of all mortgaged homes, followed by New Jersey at 6.5 percent. That is yet another reason for those looking at bank-owned properties in Tampa and the area around it to act as soon as possible. The bargains are still available, but the numbers are dropping. Of course, that is a good sign for the current homeowner and hopefully the trend will continue.